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打退堂鼓 

dǎ tuì táng gǔ

Literal Meaning 字面意思

Signal retreat by beating the drum

Definition 定义

To retreat; to back off; to abandon a task or job

Similar English Idioms 相似英文习语

Back off; back out; beat a retreat; call it quits; cut and run; backpedal

Example 例句

小明原本想约丽丽出门,但是看到了丽丽六个高大的哥哥以后,他就打退堂鼓了。 Ming wanted to ask Lily out, but when he saw her six giant brothers, he beat a quick retreat.

Similar 相似词

半途而废

Opposite 相反词

有头有尾、有始有终
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